You Decide Teacher Book

Grade 7-AD
Teaching Method
Teacher-centered curriculum commonly used in classrooms that may include a text, teacher manual, tests, etc.
Charlotte Mason
A methodology based on the work of a 19th century educator who maintained that children learn best from literature (Living Books), not textbooks.
A methodology based on the Latin Trivium (three stages of learning), including the grammar stage (memorization and facts), logic stage (critical thinking), and rhetoric stage (developing/defending ideas).
Unit Study
A thematic or topical approach centered around one topic that integrates multiple subject areas.
Montessori (Discovery)
A methodology based on the work of a 20th century educator that emphasizes student and sensory-driven discovery learning and real-life applications.
Other methodologies
Religious Content
Contains content contrary to common Christian beliefs (i.e. evolution).
Avoids religious or theoretical topics or presents multiple viewpoints without preference.
Faith-based or including instructional religious content.
Learning Modality
Learns through listening, talking out loud or reading out loud.
Learns through seeing, prefers written instructions and visual materials.
Kinesthetic/Tactile (Hands-On)
Learns through moving, doing and touching.
Curriculum that employ a variety of activities/components.
Curriculum progresses through well-defined learning objectives. Emphasizes mastery before moving to the next topic.
Topics and concepts are repeated from level to level, adding more depth at each pass and connecting with review.
Focus is on the “why,” often with a unifying concept as well as specific skills; coverage may be broader.
Teacher Involvement
Low Teacher Involvement
Student-led materials; parent acts as a facilitator.
Medium Teacher Involvement
A mix of teacher-led time and independent student work.
High Teacher Involvement
Teacher-led lessons; may utilize discussions, hands-on activities and working together.
Additional Materials Required
No other materials needed
Everything you need is included.
Other Materials Required
There are additional required resources that are a separate purchase.
Other Materials Optional
There are additional resources mentioned or recommended but are not absolutely necessary.
Designed to be written in; not reusable.
Not designed to be written in; reusable.
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Publisher's Description of You Decide Teacher Book
This highly recommended 144-page teacher's guide is used with the You Decide! student book—sold separately—to teach students about the Bill of Rights. This guide includes objectives, suggestions, and a graphic organizer to keep track of facts in each case and the Supreme Court decisions. Because the student book does not contain the court decisions, use of the guide is essential.

Students acquire an in depth understanding of the Bill of Rights by:
     •  Learning each of the first 8 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
     •  Reading real court cases involving each amendment.
     •  Judging each case based on their knowledge of the relevant amendment and the facts of the case.
     •  Comparing their ruling with the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Category Description for You Decide!

Critical Thinking Press believes that thinking skills are relevant to all disciplines, not just math and science. In this book, students learn about the first eight amendments to our constitution, then apply their knowledge to decide actual Supreme Court cases. In each chapter, the student is given facts about court cases. Next, the applicable constitutional amendment is quoted, with an activity to help the student understand what the amendment means. A discussion of the meaning of the amendment, including historical background, is provided. Past decisions by the Supreme Court are then analyzed, which leads to a discussion of how the amendment is currently viewed. The final activity allows the student to decide in what situations the amendment applies. In all, 37 activities and 75 Supreme Court decisions are included. The teacher's manual is a necessary part of the program, as it contains answers to activities, as well as Supreme Court decisions, guidelines, discussion questions, lesson objectives, background information, and a guide for analyzing cases. I found the program to be well written and interesting, with a balanced presentation. This would be a worthwhile addition to any civics or constitution study.

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Product Format:Paperback Book
Brand:Critical Thinking Company
Author:George Smith
Length in Inches:11
Width in Inches:8.5
Height in Inches:0.5
Weight in Pounds:1.05
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